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Night event at Burbage Mines

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Wed 12th Feb 2020 Start Times 17:45 - 18:45

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Well done to everyone who came out tonight - was a very pleasant evening for Night-O - dry, not too windy, and not too cold (at least when running!) despite the snow on the ground! Thanks to Nathan for his very enjoyable and challenging courses!

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A night event at Burbage Mines offering micro orienteering in a small but complex area of mine workings. Alongside courses for experienced orienteers, there is a course for newcomers so if you've never done night orienteering, this is an ideal opportunity!

Burbage Mines map extract

Please enter in advance by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on Tues 11th February stating what course you would like to run and whether you are likely to order food at the pub.


In layby opposite Lady Canning’s Plantation, 1km west of Ringinglow. Parking is limited, please car share if possible. Nearest Postcode – S11 7TT. Grid Ref. - SK278834. Location on Street Map. What3words: If the layby is full alternative parking at the Norfolk Arms or Lady Canning's Plantation car park. 

No dogs allowed on the courses, sorry.


Registration in car at layby: 17:45-18.45
Start 350m walk away, 18:00 – 19:00
Courses close promptly at 19:45.
Finish: Adjacent to the start, download back at layby.


Adults £5 (Members £4)
Juniors / Students £3
Pairs welcome - you just pay for 1 entry.


Scale 1:2500, 2.5m Contours, A4 size.

Ochre course - a map specific to this course, which includes many more paths. 

Courses (lengths subject to final planning):

Burbage Mines is a heavily contoured area, so climb will vary considerably depending on routechoice. As a rough guide, on the straight line route, you can expect to do ~25m climb per km (ish!)

With this being a night event, thought we'd go a shade darker for the course colours...

Course  Length Technical Level Description





Following line features and aimed specifically at juniors and adults who are new to night orienteering. This is a great intro to Night O, with the course following paths, often in 'linear' contours (such as gullies), and taped sections where routes are vague. Inexperienced juniors must be shadowed by an adult.

Controls (at least on the Ochre course, if not all) will have a reflective band attached to the stake, allowing them to be spotted through the darkness more easily!


Jade 1.5km 5


The shortest of the technically difficult courses. Doesn't venture to the extremes of the area, meaning you are always relatively close to the Finish.






Further than the Jade, allowing competitors to visit all of the area to the West.



Pitch Black






Further still.....The map will be double-sided.

SportIdent Punching will be used.

Additional safety info

Burbage Moor is very exposed, and so if wet and/or windy is very chilly. Therefore whistles and headtorches are compulsory, and cagoules, gloves and back-up torches are highly recommended. Competitors must wear full leg cover and grippy shoes.

There is a main quarry in the centre of the area, with 2 sections of large crags which have large rocky, waterfilled depressions at their base. Please be very careful not to go over the edge! They are shown as out of bounds on the map and the most dangerous parts will be taped.

In addition to this, there are smaller crags and areas of scree on the area - please be careful of these if you encounter them.



Planner / Organiser - Nathan Lawson. Safety: Jacky Dakin

Post Event Social

Please join us from 7pm for food and / or drinks in the Norfolk Arms. Just order from the main menu at your convenience.



Venue Details

Burbage Mines are on the north side of the road from Ringinglow to Hathersage, labelled on the 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map as "Brown Edge Quarries (disused)".  They are included on the Burbage map, but in 2008 Marcus Pinker drew a new map at 1:2500 with 2.5m contours.  He called the map Burbage Mines and the name stuck. 

It is a small area of  workings for sandstone roofing flags (colloquially "slates").  In the 1960s the council wanted to use it for a landfill site; luckily for us CPRE successfully opposed this plan.  The old workings provide a wealth of contour detail and although much of it is a bit physical (heather and tussock around the quarries, bracken and marsh surrounding), it offers great orienteering.


Safety & risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. If a competitor has a pre-existing medical condition that they think should be declared, please complete a medical form at enquiries. The sealed envelope will only be opened in an emergency.


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